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Archive for November, 2013

Water Cycle

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, Katherine Tillotson

Water Dance by Thomas Locker

Make a shaving cream cloud in a glass of water and add blue dye. See http://www.hookedonscience.org as a reference.

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Water as Natural Resource

Precious Water: A Book of Thanks by Brigitte Weninger, Anne Moller

A Drop of Water by Walter Wick

Use an eye dropper and a glass of water to make a “drop” of water. You could then compare a drop to other bodies of water. Precious Water

drop of water

States of Matter

Rainsong Snowsong by Philemon Sturges

Simply put ice cubes in a glass or bowl to explore. Leave the melted ice in the bowl until it evaporates. You can then compare solid, liquid and gas states.

Rainsong Snowsong

Refracted Light/Rainbows

Blue Sky by Audrey Wood

Ducky’s Rainbow by Frances Barry

Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee

Use a prism, mirror and water as in http://www.hometrainingtools.com/rainbows-young-science-explorers/a/1593/.

Blue SkyDucky's RainbowElmer and the Rainbow

Predator and Prey

Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert

Who is predator? Who is prey? Use picture pairs or 3-D animals.

Feathers for lunch


Luck by Jean Craighead George

A simple migration map, as well as a list of other animals that migrate, can be found at http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/migrate.shtml.


What is Science?

What is Science? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

From Sandy W.:

It’s a picture book (that is) a really good intro for young kids on the concept. It’s an older title but perfect for this summer (Fizz! Boom! Read!). I may use it for school visits.

What is ScienceThanks, Sandy!


Tadpole’s Promise by Jenne Willis

Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost

We have a puppet that converts from a caterpillar to a butterfly, so it gets a lot of usage. A simple flannel board could also be constructed to show the process. There is an example of one at http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/felt_board.htm.

Monarch and MilkweedTadpole's Promise

Life Cycle of a Tree

Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta

Poetrees by Doug Florian

Make a simple flannel board that shows the progression from acorn to tree.

Share a collection of “helicopter seeds”, pine cones, acorns, etc. to allow children to examine different kinds of tree seeds.

Who will plant a treePoetrees

Interspecies Adoption/Acceptance

A Mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer

Kate and Pippin by Isobel and Martin Springett

Read the stories, then show a clip of Kate and Pippin, which can be found on the internet. Share representative stuffed animals if you have them.

a-mama-for-owen1Kate and Pippin

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